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Paul "Lil Bud" Moore
  December 7, 1941 -  August 1, 2017 (Age 75)
Home: Charleston, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former NASCAR driver, promoter and racing enthusiast Paul “Bud” Moore died Aug. 1. He was 75 years old.

Not to be confused with longtime team owner Bud Moore, “Lil Bud” Moore was a frequent NASCAR competitor during the 1960s and 1970s.

Moore's first-ever race in NASCAR was in the Grand National Series on August 2, 1964. He started the race in a 1963 Ford, but dropped within three laps due to overheating problems.

His best season of his racing career was in 1965, where he managed to grab three top fives, seven top tens, and even a pole, driving Louis Weatherbee's No. 45 Plymouth and competing in just fourteen races. Moore's best season in the point standings, however, was in 1968, where he finished 29th in those standings. Bud's final race in his relatively short career was five years after his second to last race, at the 1973 Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway. He only completed 174 of the 367 laps, retiring from the race due to engine problems in his 1971 Mercury.

Moore’s final race was the 1973 Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

After his career in racing, Moore was a tireless supporter of racing and worked in various roles, including promotions and collectibles.

"Lil" Fact: Lil' Bud Moore ran his first Daytona race in the
1964 Modified-Sportsman event in a 1961 Ford number 68.

 


The two "Buds"
"Lil Bud" Moore and Hall of Famer Bud Moore

 
"Lil Bud" got Linda Vaughn on his pit crew!
Problem was, he was stopping in the pits every lap!



RARE Photograph
Tiny Lund (L) on guitar, wife Wanda Lund, "Lil Bud" Moore dancing and (R) Buddy Baker on bass/guitar

 

"Lil Bud" Moore Grand National Series DRIVER Statistics
 

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1964 22 3 of 62 0 0 0 0 209 0 700 102 18.7 24.0
1965 23 14 of 55 0 3 7 1 1687 93 3,434 49 7.6 13.6
1966 24 1 of 49 0 0 0 0 35 0 100 107 15.0 16.0
1967 25 6 of 49 0 2 3 0 1351 0 7,200 35 14.0 16.0
1968 26 16 of 49 0 2 9 0 3399 51 12,325 29 13.9 20.2
1973 31 1 of 28 0 0 0 0 174 0 1,225 110 31.0 29.0
6 years 41 0 7 19 1 6855 144 24,984   12.6 17.7


 

 

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